Pakistan faces a significant hepatitis burden, lacking resources and advocacy

Health Policy Watch February 9, 2024, 07:00 PM UTC

Summary: Approximately 10 million Pakistanis have hepatitis C, with three dying every minute. Hepatitis B affects 4 million. Over 20,000 die annually. WHO aims for a 90% reduction in new HBV infections and a 75% reduction in new HCV infections by 2030. Pakistan lacks effective advocacy and resources for hepatitis. The government pledged $125 million for screening and treatment, but more is needed. Decentralization and door-to-door models are crucial.

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